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Dancer Or Schraiber discusses the Gaga technique of Batsheva Ensemble

18 Oct 2012

The Israeli dance company is led by artistic director Ohad Naharin, who devised the technique

In the past few years, companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Ailey 2 and Juilliard Dance have shown Scottish audiences just how intoxicating young dancers can be. What they lack in maturity, they more than make up for in youthful vigour and…

Choreographer Martin Lawrance dicusses new work Madcap

18 Oct 2012

The dancer has created the work for Richard Alston Dance Company

For years, the only person who created work for the Richard Alston Dance Company was Alston himself. More recently, we’ve come to expect regular contributions from talented heir apparent, Martin Lawrance, the latest of which is Madcap. Set to an…

Kate Prince, choreographer-director of ZooNation, on Some Like it Hip Hop

10 Oct 2012

As anyone who’s seen her company ZooNation in action knows, Kate Prince is one of the UK’s savviest choreographer-directors. But it wasn’t easy to find the right follow-up to Into the Hoods, the company’s fairy tale-based smash hit and a bona fide hip…

Australian choreographer Marc Brew discusses Fusional Fragments

10 Oct 2012

The choreographer is bringing a triple bill to the Tramway in October

What made you want to be a choreographer? I was always getting ideas for new dances and would try out my choreography on friends and fellow dancers. I remember at lunch breaks during primary school, while everyone else was out playing I would work out…

Choreographer Michael Clark talks to us about his new work at Tramway

18 Sep 2012

michael Clark was 13 when he moved to London. Leaving behind his family in Aberdeen to join the Royal Ballet School, he could scarcely have known what lay ahead: a brief spell at Rambert, before launching his own company to create some of the most…

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Christine Devaney discusses The Adventures of Butterfly Boy

18 Sep 2012

The kids' dance production is the debut project from Pucko Company

Maybe it’s because of the lack of words to explain what’s happening; or because it’s perceived as too high-brow for wee ones — whatever the reason, dance shows for children are thin on the ground. Attempting to address this lack is Pucko Company, a…

Profile: Christopher Hampson, incoming artistic director of Scottish Ballet

18 Sep 2012

• Manchester-born Hampson graduated from the Royal Ballet School in 1992 and joined English National Ballet, where he danced as a soloist until 1999 before leaving to concentrate full-time on choreography. • He premiered his first full-length work…

Kylie Walters on her new work with David Hughes Dance

13 Sep 2012

The Australian choreographer has worked with the company on The Chinaski Sessions

What was the starting point for your new work, The Chinaski Sessions? I started out with two questions: Why is the rock world predominately male (and the dance world predominately female), and why do we dance nowadays? When we hear great music, when…

Claire Robertson, principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, discusses the company's autumn season

13 Sep 2012

Principal dancer Claire Robertson has seen some been changes since she joined Scottish Ballet in 1994. The latest of which is the arrival of new artistic director, Christopher Hampson. But while all eyes are on what the company does next, the legacy…

Batsheva Dance Company - Hora

3 Sep 20123 stars

Gaga dancers showcase their inventive style

For many years Israeli-born choreographer Ohad Naharin has been developing his own language of abstract dance with the suitably eccentric name 'Gaga'. In Hora a grass green box provides the backdrop for his cast of 11 to exercise their Gaga flexibility…

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3 Sep 20124 stars

Cartoonish vibes in choreographer Alexei Ratmansky's ultimately glorious Perrault adaptation

As with contemporary productions of Shakespeare, the measure of a fairytale ballet isn't so much the story but what you do with it. Here choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, who created the piece for the Mariinksy in 2002, has chosen to bring a cartoonish…

Theatre, dance and opera highlights in Scotland for autumn & winter 2012

31 Aug 2012

2012 and 2013 programmes from Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and National Theatre of Scotland

The National Theatre of Scotland is nowhere and everywhere. Envisioned as an institution with no bricks and mortar headquarters, the NTS has used its resources to support playwrights and performers and to work with a wide range of collaborators to bring…

Juilliard Dance

28 Aug 20124 stars

Triple bill from the 'holy grail of dance schools'

Although student showcases abound on the Fringe, not many make it to the International Festival. But then this is Juilliard, one of the world's most highly regarded dance schools. The expectations for this triple bill are therefore justifiably high, and…

Leigh Warren + Dancers: Breathe/Impulse

28 Aug 20123 stars

A dance double bill that breathes vitality through its live music

Music literally takes centre stage in this double-bill from Australian dance troupe Leigh Warren + Dancers, putting the cast in immediate living breathing contact with the sounds they are responding to. Which in the first piece, entitled Breathe, is…


22 Aug 20124 stars

Deborah Colker surprises audiences again with innovative adaptation of Pushkin's tale

Award-winning Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker is well known for surprising her audiences. Over the past decade, she has used a giant spinning wheel, a climbing wall and a hundred ropes to create innovative, gravity defying performances.

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Leigh Warren + Dancers - Breathe/Impulse

22 Aug 2012

The choreographer bringing his 'group of individuals' to Edinburgh International Festival

In some dance companies you have soloists and principals, in others everybody is on the same level. But rarely are company members described as ‘a group of individual dance artists’, as they are on the Leigh Warren website. When he started his company…

Multi-disciplinary Ménage À Trois comes to Glasgow end of August 2012

20 Aug 2012

Claire Cunningham's soul-searching production will incorporate dance, animation and puppetry

‘Someone hung a jacket on a pair of crutches, like a scarecrow. There was something in it that really fascinated me and I wanted to come back to it.’ Unable to shake this innocuous image, multi-disciplinary performer Claire Cunningham, held onto the…

Ballet Preljocaj: And then, one thousand years of peace

19 Aug 20124 stars

Radical re-imagining of the Book of Revelation

'Revolution and revelation' are two of the themes Angelin Preljocaj cites in his radical re-working of St John's Apocalypse, a piece that beguiles both with the changing textures of its movement and the surreal beauty of its images, set to a scorching…

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - Uncharted Seas/Timeless

19 Aug 20124 stars

Kathak dance travels from tradition to timelessness

A journey through time and space, Aditi Mangaldas' double-bill travels through the traditions of Kathak north Indian dance -- with its origins in storytelling -- to emerge spinning into the 21st century, in two pieces that connect the early temple…

Batsheva Dance Company: Hora

19 Aug 2012

Learning the new language of dance

For most of us, the word ‘gaga’ means one of two things: an anthemic, hands-in-the-air Queen song, or a peroxide blonde dressed in meat. At Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, however, it has a whole other meaning. The brainchild of Israeli artistic…

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Russia's Mariinsky Ballet bring Cinderella to Edinburgh International Festival

19 Aug 2012

Five reasons why you shouldn't miss it

The company You might know them as the Kirov, but back home they’re called the Mariinsky Ballet, and this St Petersburg-based troupe is widely recognised as being one of the finest classical ballet companies in the world. The choreographer A former…

Juilliard School bring upcoming dance stars to Edinburgh International Festival

17 Aug 2012

High profile American dance institution set for Playhouse performance

Each August scores of budding artists, many still studying their craft, flock to Edinburgh to test their performance mettle in what even die-hard professionals might regard as a dauntingly competitive market. It’s these same young people – a few of…

The Council of the Ordinary

17 Aug 20123 stars

B-Boying takes a turn towards the dark side

It’s beat battles and break moves but not as you know them, in this triple bill from breakdancing troupe Bad Taste Cru. As well as flipping themselves into spins, the Cru, originally from Northern Ireland, also demonstrate the dance’s potential to…

Sergio Diaz of Ballet Preljocaj discusses the company's performances at EIF

12 Aug 2012

The Edinburgh International Festival is hosting three pieces from the acclaimed French company

It’s lunchtime at Ballet Preljocaj’s headquarters in Aix en Provence, and dancer Sergio Diaz is taking a well-earned break. A few moments earlier, he and the rest of the company were rehearsing And then, one thousand years of peace, an extraordinary new…

Aditi Mangaldas reinventing Kathak dance at Edinburgh International Festival

12 Aug 2012

‘It’s interesting and challenging for me to explore the unknown,’ says Aditi Mangaldas, on the phone from her company’s base in New Delhi. Which is exactly what the Indian choreographer has been doing for the past 21 years, since the formation of the…